Horse Racing Tips from a Top Race Handicapper

Horse owner, breeder and HRTV analyst Jeff Siegel also happens to be Southern California's premier handicapper. Check his blog each day before you play!

Handicapping, in short, refers to analyzing the race to come up with best predicted outcome, or pick. There are many angles when it comes to picking a winner. Using some of the help from the professional handicappers below, you can determine your own angle on placing a bet. For more information on how to bet or wager, click here.

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 11:43

The Friday program begins with a five-runner field that doesn’t offer much in the way of value. #1 She’s a Go Girl represents inside speed and is in good form, so she’s the one to beat. #3 Coco de Carchy plummets in class and has figures that make her a major player. We’ll use both in our rolling exotics.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 11:24

There’s an $87,195 Pick-6 carryover for the Thursday program that looks challenging but is well worth going after.

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 23:52

The Sunday opener finds big class dropper #1 He’s Not too Shabby as the 8/5 morning line favorite. He’ll win if he has one good one left but this type of play is a loser in the long run. #4 Change of Plan moves up a notch on the claiming scale but chased older foes last time and today faces only 4-year-olds, so he should be competitive, especially considering the enormous break in the weights. These are the two we’d consider for rolling exotic play.

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 12:08

The Saturday Santa Anita program includes a guaranteed $150,000 Pick-6 pool for races five through nine.

Friday, January 3, 2014 - 11:38
The Friday program begins with a short-priced standout, #2 Artemis. The Empire Maker filly has the classic two-sprints-and-a-stretch out pattern plus rising speed figures and a pedigree that suggests she’ll be a whole lot more effective over a route of ground. On paper she looks odds-on.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 11:39

There’s a $71,475 Pick-6 carryover to spice up an eight-race Thursday program.

The opener looks chalky, to say the least. #3 Electric Eddie remains a maiden but has placed in two hundred-granders and looks head-and-shoulders the best over a modest band, hence his 2/5 morning line odds. #2 Oh Billy Billy may provide whatever competition there is; the Baffert-trained colt continues to impress in the morning and almost certainly is much better than his fading-fourth sprint debut indicates. The son of Unusual Heat seems like a logical exacta partner with ‘Eddie.